strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
josanguapo (670) - SPAIN - FEB 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Alcampo. In Bavaria’s glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 6x01. Very drinkable and not bad but dull. Not much aroma nor taste and maybe a bit watery
kto (538) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 2, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0.5l bottle from marktkauf, 0.90€. pours a cloudy pale golden with a big white head and some lacing. weak aroma of yeast, some citrus, bread, no banana. flavour of dough, hay, yeast. again no banana or cloves. strong carbonation. not a typical weizen.
adamnowek (1140) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not my favourite of the style, but I’ll still get it when it’s available. Big, fluffy head. Lots of banana. Taste is a lot of banana bread, cloves, orange peel.
nausicaaonacids (50) - PORTUGAL - JAN 30, 2016
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Average weiss beer. Drank in bottle. Pours with medium head and hazy golden color. Well carbonated.
Sebilinz (1364) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JAN 29, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden body large white lasting head. Aroma is Yeast fruits hints of citrus. Taste is yeast biscuits some grains some sourness. Aftertaste is grains with some alcohol and hints of fruits and bitterness. Not good.
sccp1910 (130) - BRAZIL - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma discreto, com amarela turva e espuma branca e duradoura. Sabor suave e paladar agradável.
dexcansino (542) - Andalucía, SPAIN - JAN 23, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Me encantan las cervezas de trigo, pero esta es de las menos interesantes. Buen cuerpo y gaseada.
cityzen (138) - FRANCE - JAN 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ça a un meilleur goût quand on la boît en Allemagne... Sinon c’est plutot commun, avec des notes de bananes.
peponi (1047) - Mainz, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2016
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Aroma: lemon and vanilla, artificial.
Appearance: hazy golden color and white head.
Taste: cloves and banana, slightly zesty, yests, semi-dry.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation
Overall: Average stuff with really bad aroma.
Svarun (64) - - JAN 13, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy golden with very big white head. Fruity aroma, taste is bread, hay and fruits, okay but not really impressing.